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Friend Indeed
Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2003, 1:46 a.m.

Question: What's wrong with being right?

What I Learned: I don't know how to make a poster.

One of my best friends of many years and I had a falling out last week. I really like that phrase because it is a good description of what happened. It was like we were sitting up in a big tree - just hanging out - and all of the sudden, the branch broke and down we went. It's sort of like the nursery rhyme about the poor kid in the cradle that gets stuck up in a tree - when the wind blew, the cradle did some rocking and down came that baby, cradle and all. I'm sure it was a surprise to the kid in the cradle too. Or maybe it is more like Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall, except it would have to be two Humpty Dumpty's to really make sense in my particular scenario. I can't help but think of Rabbit and Pooh - the classic friendship that is durable yet at times more than a bit frustrating for all parties.

You see, classic children's stories can have relevance to our everyday life and don't let anyone tell you any different. Luckily I'm not hanging my hair out a tower for some guy to climb on, or losing a crystal slipper at the most inopportune moment, or kissing frogs that don't know when to give it a rest. Maybe a simple falling out with a friend isn't so bad in comparison. I mean, I could have a pea under my matress, or a distressing concern about the sky falling. Yes, it could be worse.

And that of course, brings me back to Alice. I am reminded of Alice - as always - and more specifically in this case, her unfortunate propensity to speak her mind at all costs. Yes, I do love Alice because she is a girl after my own heart. And just like Alice, I really don't know exactly how it happened except suddenly there it was. Isn't it funny how sometimes we don't see a disagreement coming until it runs us over like a freight train. Yes, that is a train you see coming down the track. Don't you want to move out of the way? No, not me - obviously. What is it about trains anyway?

Friendship is an amazingly resilient animal but sometimes you have to throw it a stick or walk around the block calling its name. You never know but I think my friend would look very silly on a poster stapled to a telephone pole that says - have you seen this friend lately - REWARD.

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